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COLCHICINE (Colcrys) [Coal-CHI-seen]
How to use this medication
Colchicine is a medication used to prevent and treat attacks of gout. While taking this medicine it is important to have your blood tested occasionally.
This medicine is taken once or twice a day. Your doctor will tell you how often to take your colchicine.
What you need to do
Your doctor may order blood tests to make sure colchicine isn’t affecting your blood counts. This is rare.
Drinking alcohol can flare your gout. It is best to avoid alcohol completely.
Side effects & important things to know
The most common side effect of colchicine is diarrhea. This can get better by lowering the dose.
When used for long periods of time, colchicine can affect the muscles. Let your doctor know if you have muscle pain or weakness while taking colchicine.
Colchicine has not been studied in pregnancy. Let your doctor know if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
Some medicines are not safe to take while taking colchicine. Examples are: clarithromycin, cyclosporine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, telithromycin, nefazodone, and HIV protease inhibitors. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medication.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking colchicine. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.